- Rubbin Sarpong is in police custody for scamming women out of $2.1m (£1.7m)
- The 35-year-old posed as a US soldier on a dating website
- One of his alleged victims killed herself after transferring more than $90,000 to him
A Ghanaian-born US-citizen faces up to 20 years in prison for scamming women to the tune of $2.1m (£1.7m).
Rubbin Sarpong is alleged to have scammed his victims by claiming he is a US soldier stationed overseas.
The 35-year-old, who lives in New Jersey, used social media and other dating websites for his exploits.
The BBC reports that one of his alleged victims killed herself after transferring more than $90,000 to him.
Prosecutors say Mr. Sarpong normally used the websites Match.com, Plenty of Fish and Ourtime.com to scam his victims.
He is alleged to have successfully scammed more than 30 unsuspecting women into sending him money since the turn of the year.
He is accused of claiming to be a US soldier in Syria who had been awarded gold bars by the military.
According to Prosecutors, he then tricked his victims into believing he would give them back their monies when the gold bars arrive in the US.
In Mr. Sarpong’s numerous social media posts, he is seen holding or spraying around a stack of cash.
The caption of one of such posts was: "making a phone call to let my bank know am coming."
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In another video posted on his Instagram page, he films himself opening a "money gun" which shoots out bank notes.
Mr. Sarpong appeared in Court on Wednesday, September 4 and, if found guilty, could be imprisoned for up to 20 years.
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